How to Paint a Ladybird on a Pebble

Updated February 21, 2017

Many of the smooth, flat rocks found by the riverside are the ideal size and shape for painting ladybirds or ladybirds, the attractive and beneficial red flying insects with black spots. Painting ladybirds on rocks is a simple craft appropriate for children and adults of all ages.

Select a flat, smooth, round pebble in a circular or teardrop shape.

Wash your pebble thoroughly and allow it to dry completely.

Apply a coat of white paint to the top of the pebble. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Mix red paint with a bit of white paint to make it more opaque. Apply a coat of red paint over your white paint and allow it to dry completely.

Apply a second coat of red paint if the colour isn't solid enough.

Use black paint to add details to your ladybird. Paint a black head over the narrower side of the pebble. The head should take up about 1/4 of the pebble's surface. Paint a black line down the centre to separate the red wings and define the curvature at the bottom. Add some spots to the wings with more black paint, and allow the black to dry completely.

Go over your black paint with a second coat if necessary.

Paint two eyes on your head with white paint.


You can use different colours to paint many different kinds of bugs on your pebbles.

Things You'll Need

  • Red, white and black acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
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Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.